Donegal fiddle player Liz Doherty.


Fiddle player Liz Doherty from Buncrana, Co. Donegal lectures in traditional music at Ulster University, Magee campus, Derry. Her publications include The Cape Breton Fiddle Companion(Cape Breton University Press, 2016), a comprehensive A-Z guide to Cape Breton fiddle music which follows on from her PhD research in Cape Breton in the early 1990s. She was Co-editor of Crosbhealach an Cheoil/The Crossroads Conference 1 and 2 (Whinstone Music, Dublin, 1999 and 2013) and of Ethnomusicology Ireland(ICTM Ireland, 2015). Liz has been involved in various festivals and events and in 2012 was Director of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry/Donegal. As a traditional arts consultant she has worked on various national and international projects, including with the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon (2005-2008). She is currently a member of Culture Ireland’s Expert Advisory Committee. In 2017 she received Ulster University’s Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award. As a fiddle player Liz has performed and recorded as a solo artist and with bands including String Sisters, Fiddlesticks and Bumblebees. She has also performed with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra. In demand as a fiddle teacher she runs the online



Dr Iseult Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queens University, Belfast. She is originally from Dublin where she trained as a physiotherapist at Trinity College. Iseult, who plays the violin, has a particular interest in Playing-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PRMDs). This brought her to the SafeTRAD research program investigating PRMDs in fiddle players and other Irish traditional musicians. As part of this project Iseult has co- supervised a PhD entitled Designing the wicked problem of PRMDs out of Irish traditional music (Mark Porter, Iseult Wilson, Liz Doherty, Justin Magee), published papers in Medical Problems for Performing Artists, WORK, European Health Psychologist, presented at a number of local and international conferences, and conducted the interviews with the musicians featured as Safe Trad Ambassadors on this website.





Dr Justin Magee is the Research Director for the Belfast School of Art and a Senior Lecturer in Product design at Ulster University. His research focuses on digital human modelling, user experience and immersion for physical and digital product applications, in Arts and Health.  As a design consultant he has worked for LEGO Systems, Denmark, GE Plastics (Germany and UK) on contracts with Mercedes, Audi, Porsche etc., Smart Car and as a design consultant on over 75 commercial projects with SME’s in Ireland and the UK.  His recent research received the Innovate UK Certificate of Excellence (2017), featured as a case study for the NCUB State of the Art report (2018) and a finalist at the THELMAs for KE initiative of the year (2018).

Safe Trad team 1

L to R: Back row: Maggie Maguire (fiddle), Dr Jenny McSharry (NUIG), Dr Ronan Kavanagh (Rheumatologist, Galway), Dr Johnson McEvoy (physiotherapist), Enda Scahill (banjo), Patrice Berque (musician and physiotherapist, Glasgow), Mark Porter (UU design PhD student investigating PRMDs).Middle row: Eithne Vallely (Armagh Pipers Club), Dr Christine Hunter (medical advisor to Ulster Orchestra), Maria McAlister (Arts Council), Roisin McGrory (fiddle), Martin Clenaghan (physiotherapist), Rab Cherry (fiddle maker)Front row: Dr Chris Bleakley (UU), Dr Liz Doherty (UU), Dr Iseult Wilson (UU), Martin McGinley (fiddle and facilitator), Tomás Hardiman (fiddle and Alexander Technique teacher), Dr Orfhlaith NíBhriain (UL).